Ahead of the Assam Assembly election, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday laid the foundation stones of multiple projects in Dibrugarh.

Sonowal laid the foundation stones for erecting statues of eminent scholar Professor Emeritus Dr. Amaresh Dutta and the architect of modern Dibrugarh Dr. Phinindra Nath Ghosh within park premises adjacent to India Club in Dibrugarh.

He also laid the foundation of a modern auditorium in the park.

The park will be built involving a financial outlay of Rs. 20 lakh of 15th Finance Commission and the statues using the untied fund of 2020-21.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said considered as one of the eminent researchers of Shakespearean literature, leading scholar Prof. Emeritus Dr. Amaresh Dutta and a key exponent in setting up Assam Medical College and an architect of Dibrugarh, Dr. Phinindra Nath Ghosh, played an important role in the socio-cultural and academic development of the state.

The state government has taken steps in a move to immortalise their contributions, Sonowal said.

Their contributions have enriched the academic, cultural and literary fields of the state and lent dignity to the people of Assam.

Chief minister Sonowal said the 180-year-old India Club of Dibrugarh is the symbol of pride.

He requested the intellectual section of the state to take initiative to write book encompassing the lives and works of Amaresh Dutta and Phanindra Nath Ghosh for enabling the younger generation to study and know about these great personalities.

Sonowal also said their lives and works have an immense role for enabling the upcoming generation to render their services with the mission of nation-building.

President of Dibrugarh India Club Shyamal Seal gave the welcome address in the programme which was attended among others by MLAs Prasanta Phukan, Teresh Goala, Bimal Bora, chief executive member Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council Dipuranjan Makrary, chairman Dibrugarh Development Board Ashim Hazarika, deputy commissioner Pallab Gopal Jha and host of other dignitaries.

Earlier, chief minister Sonowal laid the foundation stone of a new office building of Superintendent of Police Dibrugarh along with inaugurating the office of the circle officer of Dibrugarh East Revenue Circle.

Sonowal also inaugurated the newly built office building of Rural Road Network Management Unit under Lok Nirman (Road) in Dibrugarh and interacted with the officers and staff.

During an interaction, Sonowal asked the officers to bear in mind the beautification aspect while they prepare the design of the road project.

Since rotary helps in reducing traffic congestion especially in traffic intersections, Sonowal also asked the officers to keep rotary as an important option where necessary while they design the road projects.

He also asked the officers to lay emphasis on the plantation on both sides of the roads.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com